The Society's core aim is
"To encourage and promote the study of the archaeology, heritage and history of the catchment area of the River Till and the eastern Border lands of England and Scotland".
Our thanks go to all those who supported our Iron Age Day as volunteers or visitors. We had a wonderful day in lovely sunshine. Special thanks go to Etal Village Hall for allowing us to prepare the hall the day before and leave our equipment overnight, to Mattia at the Black Bull for his help with 'Taste of the Iron Age' and to the Ford and Etal Estate for their support and publicity.
We would like to share with you our interest in and enthusiasm for, everything to do with the history of the Till Valley and its river catchment, in north Northumberland, together with the eastern Border lands, once known as the English and Scottish Marches.
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Photo-River Till, looking south from Twizel Bridge
The website has a dual purpose:-
Firstly, we wish to reach as wide an audience as possible so that, hopefully, those interested will want to attend meetings, excursions, archaeological 'digs', field walking and social occasions and become members of the Society.
Secondly, the intention is to keep members up-to-date with all the latest news and to inform them on what has happened, what is happening and what is planned for the future.
The Till Valley and the eastern Borders are rich in history and archaeological sites, set in attractive and varied landscapes. The River Till rises high up in the Cheviot Hills and is named the River Breamish in its upper reaches, becoming the River Till at Bewick Mill. It is a major tributary of the River Tweed and, unlike other tributaries, its course lies entirely in England. It is a long river, perhaps 40 miles, although it is difficult to be precise because of its many twists and turns before it finally flows into the River Tweed at Tillmouth.
All photos on this and other pages © TillVAS or members who have given permission.
TillVAS is a not-for-profit organisation recognised as charitable by HMRC.
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Please note; there will be no dig at Mardon in 2019 as we were unable to raise funding. We hope to re visit this wonderful site in 2020.
Aspects of Buildings & Monuments: Branxton, Crookham, Etal, Ford
by Antony Chessell & Gwen Chessell. Price £10 pbk 214pp.
Foreword by Rt. Hon. Lord Joicey
The second publication by TillVAS is a fully illustrated book which aims to draw attention to the many interesting building features and monuments in the four villages and surrounding hamlets. It is a potterer’s guide to local building styles and techniques that have determined the character of the villages, the countryside and the life of the people in the area. The authors will be donating the net proceeds of sale to TillVAS.
Copies of the book will be available at TillVAS meetings and at the Lavender Tearooms at Etal, Ford Village Shop and Heatherslaw Mill Shop. The book may also be purchased online. Just click on:-
Members of TillVAS enjoyed learning how to make pots - Iron Age style - ready to fire on Iron Age day. See gallery for photos of our very 'iron age' pots.
May we take this opportunity to thank you for all the support given to our various events and talks over 2018/2019.
Our next season of talks begins on September 4th with Graeme Young. 'The Bowl Hole Cemetry at Bamburgh'
Festival of Archaeology 2019, 13th - 28th July
For information on events near you contact
The Society has an extensive collection of documents and photographs held in its secure archives. These are invaluable for members wishing to study the local history of the area or wishing to gather information for e.g. the Village Atlas Project. Please click on the tag above to see the catalogues. Anyone wishing to access the archives should contact the Society's Archivist, Maureen Charlton or the Assistant Archivist, Julia Day.
MEMBERS' WRITTEN CONTRIBUTIONS
Please see a new section on the website—click on the appropriate tab above. Please let us have your thoughts, in prose or in verse.
Please click on the Latest Newsletter page to see information for the current month.
PREVIOUS LECTURE AND OTHER REPORTS
Click on Reports on Events, above, for detailed accounts and press reports.
The Society operates a bookstall at all its meetings.
Items for sale include:-
1. The Society's first publication Breamish and Till: From Source to Tweed at £10 per copy and
2. Vivian Wilcock's Andrew Todd 1844-1908 ( with research input by TillVAS members) at £5 per copy.
See the Publications page for more about these books. Copies of Breamish and Till are also available in Cornhill Village Shop and the Lavender Tea Rooms and Village Shop in Etal.
There are also archaeological books and journals for sale. Net proceeds of sale go to TillVAS funds.